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Why do you do what you do?

POSTED BY: Peter Bath, D.Min., MBA

For the love of Christ compels us!
—2 Corinthians 5:14

The average person works 1,700 hours a year for 42 years. Why do you do what you do?

Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Why do you do what you do with your life’s energies?

Why do you go to work each day?

What do you think about on your way to work? The people, the problems, or the money?

What do you think about while you are at work? The people, the problems, or how long until work is over?

Do you do what you love? Do you love what you do?

Robert Frost wrote a poem called Two Tramps in Mud Time in which he reflects on how he spends his life:
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.

Your avocation is what you do for the sheer pleasure of doing it — for the love of it. Your vocation is your profession or what you do for regular work for business.

Why can’t your vocation also be your avocation? Why can’t you go to work — every day — and love what you do?

You can.

By changing the way you look at your current situation and the job you have, you can unite your avocation and your vocation. Instead of feeling empty and wishing you were doing something else, make the choice be passionate about your work and the people involved. Each day, find something or someone within it that makes you happy to be there.

To paraphrase President Kennedy: “Ask not “What your work can do for you?” Ask instead, “What can you do with and for your work?”